2014 Group One Golden Easter Egg Final Preview

The 2014 Group One Golden Easter Egg will be conducted for the 25th time on Saturday night and the winner will join a long list of champions that have won the unique golden egg trophy.

The final field has been assembled over a period of three weeks with the final eight coming from an initial pool of 80 greyhounds.

Some of the races famous winners include Highly Blessed, Malawi Law, Tenthill Doll, Rapid Journey, Brett Lee and Paua To Burn. More recently, winners include Grigorieva Bale, Don’t Knocka Him and Radley Bale. The fastest winning time for the Golden Easter Egg is 29.60, recorded by Don’t Knocka Him in 2012.

Evil Punk is the fastest qualifier for this year’s final, running 29.70 last week.

Here’s a look at the field, which comprises five greyhounds from Victoria, two from New South Wales and one from Tasmania.

Box 1
Race Odds
$2.20
Heat Replay
 

Buckle Up Wes

Trainer

Edward Medhurst

Owner

R Johnson & S Sutton

Prizemoney
$333,690.00
Last 10 Starts

1313111112

34 Months   Black   Dog   by  

Collision

Everlong Bale

Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $9,019.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
37 22 6 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
59% 86%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 4 1 1
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 4 0 0

Comments: Ted Medhurst (Trainer) – “Hopefully he will go very well. There’s no question he is well drawn. They’re only flesh and bone and can do some strange things but hopefully he comes out well and if he does he will run a good race. He is a winning hope but it depends on how he begins. He is healthy and ready to go on with it. We are overwhelmed that he is has got into another Group One final and we are pleased to be there.”

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.56 29.84 5.34 5.37
Box 2
Race Odds 
$7.50
Heat Replay
 

Tonk

Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
Striptease Syndicate
Prizemoney
$43,810.00
Last 10 Starts

1137661531

30 Months   Fawn   Dog   by  

Bartrim Bale

Coulta Gold

Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,752.00 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 10 6 4
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 5 1 0
Comments: Jamie Ennis (Co-Trainer) – “From a punter’s perspective, Tonk has drawn beautifully. Ollie Bale, in box three, likes to use a bit of the track. That won’t help Warrior King, but it will help Tonk. Buckle Up Wes is obviously the one to beat, he is a professional race dog, has good pace and drives up hard. Tonk is probably at the right age to do well.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.57 29.81 5.38 5.47
Box 3
Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
Ollie Bale
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$157,665.00
Last 10 Starts
2367375111
30 Months   Black   Dog   by   Go Wild Teddy Zambola Bale
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,261.00 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
37 10 6 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 5 0 0
Comments: Tom Dailly (Co-Trainer) – He’s drawn nicely so I hope he gets a clear run and can get on the bunny. If he gets on the bunny he will be some sort of chance of winning.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.83 29.83 5.45 5.45
       
Box 4
 Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
 
Warrior King
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
T Wales & C Knox
Prizemoney
$46,530.00
Last 10 Starts
1131132112

25 Months

  Red Brindle   Dog   by   Turanza Bale

Flamenco

Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,861.20 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 10 6 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 88%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 2 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
Comments: Jamie Ennis (Co-Trainer) – “Warrior King is still only a young dog that has just turned two. Those few inside draws he has had has given him some confidence and he drove up good last week. From a punters perspective though, Warrior King’s biggest problem in the final will be Ollie Bale wanting to use the track.”

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.91 30.02 5.48 5.48
Box 5
Race Odds
$17.00
Heat Replay
 
Magic Display
Trainer
Evelyn Harris
Owner
L Bull & S Bull
Prizemoney
$49,895.00
Last 10 Starts
2317173311
30 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Magic Sprite Display Bonus
Start Excellent Running Rail Good  
Prizemoney Rating $1,559.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
32 14 5 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44% 81%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 1 2 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 0 2
Comments: Len Harris (Co-Trainer) – “I’m hoping she will go well. It is a very hard race. I’m just hoping she jumps out in front. She is only a young girl and it’s a big thing for her. She has made four finals now and has never drawn well and we have had no luck with the draw for this final. I just hope she really does well. The whole litter is going well and I put it
down to living in paradise (Northern Rivers).”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.80 29.80 5.36 5.36
Box 6
Race Odds
$4.20
Heat Replay
 
Evil Punk
Trainer
James Coyle
Owner
James Coyle
Prizemoney
$67,810.00
Last 10 Starts
2123212FF1
31 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision Punk Angel
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,654.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
41 11 10 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 4 5 4
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 0 1
Comments: James Coyle (Trainer) “It is going to be hard to lead. It’s too hard to say, with all those fast dogs inside him. I think he is going to need a little bit of luck around the first turn. He is a good chaser, a very hard chaser. Hopefully he’ll have a bit more luck this week and he’ll get there.”  
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.70 29.70 5.40 5.47
Box 7
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Jordan Allen
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$45,725.00
Last 10 Starts
5131664F42
31 Months   Black    Dog   by   Fear Zafonic Dyna Celeste
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating

$1,1150.00

Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
41 8 10 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
20% 51%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 1 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 2 0
Comments: Tom Dailly (Co-Trainer) – “He is probably not drawn too well out in seven but he does chase very hard so we will just see how he goes from out there.”

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.27 5.54 5.54
Box 8
Race Odds
$15.00
Heat Replay
 
Hawk Alone
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Mark Rodgers
Prizemoney
$244,895.00
Last 10 Starts
417F241332
32 Months   Black   Dog   by Westmead Hawk   Glamorous Jade
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,802.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
51 16 11 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 1 3
Comments: Tom Dailly (Co-Trainer) – “It doesn’t sort of suit him, the pink, because he doesn’t have an abundance of early pace so he’s going to need a fair amount of luck to get into the race from out there.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.95 30.05 5.39 5.51
1st Res
Race Odds
$7.50
Heart Replay
 
Ritza Hattie 
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Mark Gatt
Prizemoney
$114,310.00
Last 10 Starts
N/A
29 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Bombastic Shiraz Midnight Flare
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,763.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
24 12 7 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 96%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 2 3
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Has performed well during the series and was running home solidly last week to just miss out on making the final. If she gets a start from an inside box she is expected to go well.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.95 29.87 5.40 5.40
2nd Res
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Hurricane Rino
Trainer
Anthony Azzopardi
Owner
Pamela Braddon
Prizemoney
$38,905.00
Last 10 Starts

7521117823

32 Months   Brindle   Dog   by   Collision  Taradearra
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $998.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
39 13 10 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 3 6 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Flew out last week but couldn’t hang on, beaten four-and-a-quarter lengths by Tonk. Will need some luck if he gains a start.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.93 30.07 5.38 5.38

Buckle Up Wes (1) will start the deserved favourite from box one, a box he is undefeated from. He ran second last week to Magic Display (5) from box four, working hard to finish in second place. He is the current Australian Cup champion and with a good jump at box-rise, should prove too hard to hold out.

Tonk (2) also looks ideally drawn and as Jamie Ennis has pointed out, he should get some room with Ollie Bale (3) drawn outside him. Ollie Bale has been showing good pace in his last two runs at Wentworth Park and likes to use the track. Ollie Bale will show his best if he can get on the bunny but he may not have the pace to match Buckle Up Wes and Tonk.

Warrior King (4) has improved with each run he has had at Wentworth Park and is the youngest chaser in the field. It would not be a surprise to see him up there in the final stages.

Evil Punk (6) and Magic Display (5) are the local hopes and they both possess good early speed. Magic Display has been flying the lids in her last couple of runs and could lead the field, but she will have to try and get past Tonk and Buckle Up Wes early. Evil Punk hasn’t drawn well but is a tough chaser and will give it his all.

Jordan Allen (7) and Hawk Alone (8) will need luck from out wide. Hawk Alone has managed a fast first section here in the past but he is more noted for the strength at the end of his races.

The final should be a great race and is scheduled to jump at 9:45pm.